The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

I really, really wanted to love Huntsman: Winter’s War. Really. Like one of my new favorite movies kind of love.

It’s fantasy action adventure which is like my perfect genre. It’s pretty and well made. It has an AMAZING song in the trailer (and I love good trailers). I wanted it . . . → more

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Rating: 3 of 5  

I went into this film with an open mind. No, that’s a lie. I did go into it wanting to be proved wrong; hoping Peter Jackson would impress me with how he pulled it all off. Didn’t work out so well.

The story ends before the title card! I’m sorry that’s kind . . . → more

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Seeing this Hobbit was an interesting experience because for the first time in a long while I couldn’t remember that much about the book. It’s been 6-7 years since I read it. And I remembered the big set pieces enough to know what to expect from the first movie, and wonder how . . . → more

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Rating: 3.5 of 5  

Peter Jackson is not Tolkien.

I know I’m stating the obvious there but after seeing The Hobbit I’m not sure Peter Jackson is aware of this fact.

He’s a talented filmmaker, to be sure; dedicated and visionary and able to produce amazing, epic films. But he isn’t the storyteller Tolkien was and . . . → more

Mirror, Mirror

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

When the two Snow White movies were coming out last year, I was curious about both. Mostly I thought Snow White and the Huntsman would be the more enjoyable (though I wasn’t sure about Kristen Stewart) and I thought Mirror, Mirror would be more laughable because I don’t have a lot of . . . → more

Snow White and the Huntsman

Rating: 3.25 of 5  

I’m predisposed not to like Kristen Stewart. But I really wanted to like Snow White and the Huntsman so I hoped, at the very least, she’d be good enough not to ruin it. I thought: Please let her be flat. Please let her be unemotional. I’m ok with either of those. (I . . . → more

Beastly

Rating: 1 of 5  

How many critics, do you think, used the title of this film to describe the film itself?

The performances are atrocious; just so painful and awkward. I almost started to list the actors, but that would take took long because really – Every Single One of Them was bad.

The writing was . . . → more

Red Riding Hood

Rating: 1.5 of 5  

Going in, this movie had a lot stacked against it. I don’t like Catherine Hardwick. I don’t like Amanda Seyfried. I did not expect much.

And really, my expectations were met. The one bright spot was Michael Shanks in a small role. yay! Billy Burke was also really good.

Other than that, . . . → more

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

Rating: 4 of 5  

It’s a luxury to make a movie like this because all of the emotional resonance and significance has been created in the prior seven films. The characters are already strong because they’ve been developed and the actors have grown into both the characters and their craft so in a way they’re at . . . → more

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Rating: 2.5 of 5  

Dawn Treader is heavy handed, simplistic and weakly written, beautiful but not really interesting. But before I begin my review, I feel like I need to set the context.

I’ve loved the Chronicles of Narnia for as long as I can remember. Different books have been my favorite at different times, but . . . → more